These Sweet & Sour Hidden Veggie Meatballs are not your average cocktail food. Kids love eating these tasty meatballs with toothpicks as a fun meal with egg noodles and veggies. You can still serve them as an appetizer at your next party.
Sweet & Sour Hidden Veggie Meatballs
These are not just your average appetizers. I try to find fun ways to add in more vegetables to our diet. These little meatballs are pack with a full serving of veggies. Don’t tell your kids, because they will never know the difference.
I often think wouldn’t it be great if supermarkets and food companies placed the same priority as parents so often do on making life simple and healthy? It seems that we are both on a completely different set of mission. I am sure you know this dilemma well.
Brightly colored food boxes filled with not so great list of ingredients, some we can not even pronounce. They all place a stake in the claim to be good for you – even when you know that is not possible.
That is why I try to make as much healthy food at home and with real food. Kids are so picky. They often eat based on looks. I combined the two – looks & healthy in a one-two punch type of meal.
Now Serving Hidden Veggies
These sweet & sour Hidden Veggie Meatballs are so yummy you kids will never give them a second glance. Add in some fun toothpicks for added effort and your kids will really gobble these guys up.
Sweet & Sour Hidden Veggie Meatballs Recipe
When thinking of planning your next party or kid-friendly meal why not give these meatballs a shot.
Tips for Making the Best Sweet and Sour Meatballs
- Use pineapple chunks in JUICE not syrup. If you get the pineapple with syrup, it will be way too sweet and way too high in added sugar. If you can, fresh is best!
- Use a cookie scoop. It keeps them all roughly the same size so they cook evenly. This little guy is one of the handiest tools. I use it a lot around the kitchen.
- Wet your hands when forming the meatballs. It helps you hands stay sticky free and makes your meatballs perfect round. Just keep in mind, a little water goes a long way.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 ground beef chop meat
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/2 panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 broccoli puree
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tsp A1 steak sauce
- 1/4 cup pineapple, crushed
- 1 tbsp favorite orange jam
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat olive oil in saute pan over medium heat. Add onion, cook, until onion is transparent. Add in garlic, cook one minute.
In a large mixing bowl, add bread crumbs, broccoli puree, egg, chop meat, salt nutmeg, pepper and add in onions and garlic. Mix using hands until well combined.
Form in 1/2 inch meatballs and set aside.
Heat same skillet over medium-high heat. Add in meatballs cook 10 minutes until they have browned.
Transfer to a serving plate.
In a small saucepan, add in olive oil, chopped onion & sugar. Stirring frequently until onions are tender. Add in the remaining ingredients. Cook until to a boil. Using a hand blender or food processor blend mixture until completely smooth. Pour over your meatballs.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 359mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g
Enjoy! Happy cooking everyone!
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